Churches share community concerns, vision for state by John Kerr, Camden News • Ten groups of parishioners from Northside churches gathered in homes during October to build relationships and discuss their vision for the future of Minnesota. The 90-minute conversations, including a DVD about racial disparities in Minnesota, were designed to get people thinking about their opportunities (or lack of such), ways of building a healthy community and messages to send to the new governor in December.
MUSIC | Brute Heart’s “Brass Beads” simply string the listener along by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • Vapid, vacuous, and pretentious, Brass Beads by Brute Heart is an offering on which one does well to take a pass.
Love Covers spreads holiday cheer with a universal message by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder • Around 20 local individuals comprise the cast of Love Covers, a play staged last Saturday, December 18, at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis.
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SAINT PAUL ALMANAC | Revolt at the Midway Discount Shopping Mall by Richard Broderick • The department’s floor personnel — Bobbi, Tess, Shaun, Alice, and the stock boy, Luis — received word in that week’s pay envelope, but rumors had been circulating for some time that the store was closing.
LOON COMMONS | You can’t keep a good idea from spreading by Brian DeVore • With two feet of snow on the ground, and more on the way (yippee!), what a great time to begin dreaming of fresh vegetables and warm, friendly farmers. In February, LSP will be publishing the 2011 edition of its CSA Directory. This edition has an exciting twist: for the first time this guide won’t be exclusive to farms that deliver to the Twin Cities Metro.
MENNONISTA | Learning from Cuba: Observations and reflections of my pilgrimage, part 2 by Steve Clemens • Colin, a third-year student at the Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, VA asked if he could accompany me on another foray into central Havana, the area near our hotel, a former hotel/casino during the mafia-run days of Cuba under Batista before the success of the revolution was assured with Batista’s fleeing on New Years Day of 1959.
HINDSIGHT 2020 | Hold the salt by Conrad deFiebre • While little more than a dozen bodies of water in our state have been listed as impaired by chloride, “the more you look, the more you find,” said John Hensel, metro area watershed supervisor for the state Pollution Control Agency. “A lot of waters have not been tested.”
TERESA ON TCDP | Egyptian art in the snow by Teresa Boardman • Not what I expect to see in downtown St. Paul in the snow.